What is the future of design? The IKEA Circular Exhibition case

What is the future of design? The IKEA Circular Exhibition case

Tommaso Berra · 6 months ago · Design

For years, IKEA has not only been committed to putting easy-to-understand illustrated instructions on furniture packages, explained by the drawing of a character always happy. With Circular Hub, IKEA creates furniture and household items by recovering second-hand products from exhibitions, unusable or unsaleable as new. The sustainable choice of the Swedish brand in these days meets in Milan the studio Parasite 2.0, with which was born an exhibition on display until December 17 at BASE.
Nine designers have created, starting from pieces of IKEA objects, 26 works of art, assemblages of pieces in which are recognizable some famous details of lamps and chairs for example, distorted sense and function. The well-known functionality of IKEA products is distorted, leaving room for an artistic vision that also has a more practical purpose. In fact, all the works on display will be sold at a charity auction (which you can access here), the proceeds of which will be donated to Legambiente.

Circular Exhibition reflects necessary and contemporary thinking about the role of design in an age of extreme repetitiveness and consumption. The one promoted by IKEA is a project of circular economy and design in which the life cycle of furniture does not end the moment the products are assembled and placed in the living room.
In the philosophy behind the exhibition, the home is seen only as a passageway, not as the final destination. Each component can become something else, untying itself from its function as an object with a practical utility, to be transformed into a work of art, scenography and abstraction.
For many years designers have been questioning the role of materials and the possibility of recycling as much as possible, extending the life of objects, aiming at extreme transformation and total deterioration of materials. The use of natural materials has given rise to very interesting projects and in harmony with an idea of sustainability necessary to protect the environment. IKEA has chosen to deal with this issue without distorting the design intended as design of forms in the strict sense, repositioning rather the objects within a different sphere, giving up the great initial objective of functionality.

Perhaps it is a limitation to think of design sustainability only in relation to the second-hand market or antique fairs. The evolution of thinking could continue along the road taken by IKEA, along which the change is also in the role of products, in the global vision of what they can be even when they stop being useful, or simply beautiful for the way they were designed.

Photo credits: Francesco Stelitano

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The book that tells the story of San Francisco in 500 photos

The book that tells the story of San Francisco in 500 photos

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

San Francisco is one of the most fascinating cities in the United States; over the course of two centuries it has experienced the entire evolution of American civilization firsthand, fostering the birth of artistic and cultural currents that have marked the ages.
The history of San Francisco and the Bay Area more generally is now told in a beautiful volume published by Taschen and entitled “San Francisco. Portrait of a City.” Through 500 photographs it traces the early years of industrial development and the stories of the free spirits of the 1970s through the lights and fervor of the Roaring Twenties.

The volume contains images from archives and private collections, taken by some of the most celebrated photographers, who over the course of their careers have been inspired by the California city. Inside are portraits of the many innovators who have contributed to the development of the city, a place that represents “a crystal ball in which to see a preview of what will come to us in a few years,” as Michele Masneri had described it in The Passenger magazine’s recent volume devoted to the city.
The 480-page collected shots also show a city skyline far from the one we know today, dominated by the Golden Gate Bridge of which construction work from the 1930s is visible. In addition to the Bay Area’s unique climate, “San Francisco. Portrait of a City” also shows areas the multicultural soul of the city, with images of the huge Chinatown district or Fillmore, the one historically home to Jews and Japanese.
You can purchase the book on the official Taschen website.

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Japan as seen in infrared

Japan as seen in infrared

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Hashira Yamamoto is a photographer, but he also describes himself as a traveler and researcher. Over the course of his career as an artist, he has visited 41 countries and 161 cities around the world, in which he has shot some of his photo series, to tell stories i cultures and of all the incredible people he has encountered. Over the years he has had a close look at his home nation of Japan, cultivating a passion for traditional landscapes along the Silk Road.
Yamamoto in his Asuka series has reinterpreted the tradition of historic Japanese buildings through an infrared lens, creating a dialogue between ancient and contemporary Japan to an effect that immerses traditional temples and gardens in a glitchy, vaporwave world.

The saturated colors of the photos alter the perception of a solid tradition that in some respects has remained intact over the centuries. Cultural references are not altered, architectures are not emptied of meaning, but rather taken in a new contemporary guise. Hashira Yamamoto had precisely the goal with this infrared lens to enhance even more the quiet and contemplative magic that testifies to the inherent spirituality of the places photographed. 

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week, we have selected your 10 best proposals: @polae.jpg, @laurasole_79, @claudiabellati, @carolinalecce, @eli_rmn, @_eleonoram_, @teresa_scafa, @noemily_ph, @matti_b9, @ele.naus.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @zenzeroelimone_, @feebelli, @simeingolo, @davidecannavo, @_barbarac__, @valerycia, @sararotola, @saracamporesi.it, @il_salvo_, @_eleonoram_.

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